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SPAR – Cybersecurity Alert – Apartment Scams Targeting College Students


Finding affordable off-campus housing can be tough. Some scammers use enticing apartments as a way to steal your money or get personal information. If a listing seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The most common housing scams targeting college students list an apartment or home as available when it isn’t. Scammers may convince you to pay a fee, some of the rent, or a deposit without you ever seeing the apartment or home.

shield-check icon How to Protect Yourself

Never pay a fee, rent, or deposit without seeing the interior and exterior of an apartment. Conduct research online, searching the specific address of the apartment or home you’re interested in. You can also drive by the listing to see whether it actually appears to be for rent.